Learning is Fun, Theme of the Week

Theme of the Week – The Solar System

In honor of Star Wars day on 5/4 (“May the 4th be with you”) we have decided to feature the Solar System as our first Theme of the Week.

What is the Solar System?  The Solar System is everything that orbits the sun.  This includes planets, moons, asteroids, comets and more.  There are 8 planets and 5 dwarf planets that orbit the sun.  Before 2006 scientist classified Pluto as a planet, but it was downgraded to a dwarf planet at that time.

Want to learn more?  Visit these great sites:

http://www.kidsastronomy.com/solar_system.htm

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/space/solarsystem.html

http://www.makemegenius.com/cool_facts.php?mId=43

OR

Check out these and other great books at your local library.


National Geographic Space
The_Magic_School_Bus_Lost_in_the_Solar_System There's No Place Like SpaceThe planets in our solar system

 

 

 

Fun Solar System Activities:

Make a Solar System Online.

foil ball

Learn about the distances of different planets from the sun.

Make asteroids out of aluminum foil and toss them into a black hole.

DSCN2949Or create your own constellation with black paper.

 

plant cut outs

 

 

Teach your kids this fun song about the planets from Hooplakidz.

Color and cut out the planets.

 

paper mache planets

You can also make these great paper mache planets.

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Finally, you can all make this healthy Solar System snack together.

 

Theme of the Week: We wanted to help our au pairs with different topics they could explore each week with their host kids.  Each Monday we will introduce a new topic and give ideas for games, activities, crafts and resources to learn more.  Let us know what topics you might be interested in.  Want to learn more about getting an au pair or being an au pair in other countries?  Visit our website.

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